Kathy here, I did it! Finally I conquered my irrational fear of scuba diving! Yesterday I dove 93 feet! Years ago in college, while in the cold waters of Southern California, I got certified to scuba dive and I hadn’t put a dive tank on in 30 years. My fears hadn’t been of the unknown or scary creatures, it’s been more about breathing and claustrophobia while scuba diving. It became kind of a big “thing”. I have been enjoying snorkeling so much these last few years, I just put it off. Finally I just went for it. A few practice dives under our boat in 20 feet of water and I realized that all is well and to stay focused on the beauty. Well, French Polynesia is the perfect place for scuba diving. So clear, such beauty, I love it! Fakatava South Pass is a famous dive location and Top Dive filled our scuba tanks daily. Most friends back home are amazed at the hundreds of sharks and overwhelming amount of healthy coral! Our scuba diving friends and bloggers on We Sail showed us a cool cave, too. Going back for more today.
Here are a couple of scenes from Fakarava South Pass. We scuba dove daily for 4 weeks. Snorkeling too. Its so beautiful here with 85 degree temperatures and 80 degree waters. July is in the winter months here at about latitude 17 degrees south of the Equator. Rainy season is French Polynesian Summer, but still beautiful and warm. But, look out for Cyclones in December through March in the South Pacific Islands.
Tahiti is next. Look for beautiful Island photos and posts about Heiva, the fantastic annual Cultural Festival.
What amazing evenings were had in our last few nights in the little village of this Tuomotu Kauehi. Our cruiser friends on sailboats Infinite Grace and First light gathered in a sandy patch near their concrete dock for happy hour and a visit. Poona, a local 18 year old sat down with us: so happy to jam on his guitar. Entertaining. We passed around the guitar and Ukulele with big smiles. Learning play instruments.
Shopping for French baguettes, in one of two small markets in Village Kauehi, we noticed the next door neighbors vegetable garden. It’s very unusual to find a vegetable garden in the Tuomotus, as there is only sandy soil. This family had rows of plants of tomato, eggplant, beans and pumpkin. Chicken and pig fertilizer helps in any garden. We quickly made friends, bought lettuce, bok choy, watermelon and bananas, first fresh food in 6 weeks. We suggested to this darling village family sharing a meal together. They were thrilled. So, 12 of us planned, cooked and dined together in their simple, half outdoor home. They surprised us with beautiful white pulmera lei’s, pumpkin jelly in coconut milk, curry chicken and a chocolate pie. Table talk was tricky, with 3 languages: French. English. Tuomotu. It is very interesting learning of the local small island culture. Languages. Education. Polynesian history. Pearl farming, and more. This is the first year in a few that any of these islands have seen cruising boats, since Covid. Many ports were shut down for any cruisers entering this French country.